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Top 5 summer 2021 albums

Modesty Manion September 4, 2021

This past summer has been very eventful in the music industry. Although the COVID-19 pandemic and the Delta variant have put a damper on usual summer activities, they have not affected the number of albums...

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‘Respect’ supersedes expectations

Jacob Khabie August 31, 2021

There are few ways to adequately portray the impact of Aretha Franklin on music and culture today. Not only did the “Queen of Soul” bring us timeless hits, but she also used her voice for good —...

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J. Cole’s ‘The Off-Season’ does not disappoint

Aidan Shafton June 11, 2021

J. Cole fans, including myself, have been waiting for ages for “The Off-Season” to be released, and finally our prayers have been answered with J. Cole’s latest album J. Cole has a very positive...

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‘Cruella’ disappoints

Maren Wilsey June 10, 2021

I went into ‘Cruella’ with low expectations. How can you give a redeemable backstory to a character whose defining trait is murdering puppies? Unfortunately, those low expectations were met.    The...

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‘Inside’ explores isolation and the meaning of life

Ben Sanford June 4, 2021

Bo Burnham’s new Netflix special “Inside” is one of the most self-aware pieces of art I have ever seen. Shot, written, produced and performed exclusively by Burnham, the series depicts his process...

Classic series to revisit in the summer

Ben Sanford June 4, 2021

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’: ★★★★★ Since its premiere in 2005, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has continued to grow in its fanbase. The Nickelodeon TV show takes place in fantasy...

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‘Invincible’ elevates superhero genre

Ben Sanford June 4, 2021

Starting the first episode of “Invincible” I had no idea what to expect, but just 40 minutes into the series I was hooked. The show is graphic, violent and creative as it deconstructs popular tropes...

My favorite badly rated films

Ben Sanford June 1, 2021

“mother!” Director Darren Aronofsky’s allegorical film “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence is a dark look into humankind. The film got mediocre critic reviews and unimpressive audience...

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‘The Silent Patient’: an original, spellbinding mystery

Aisha Hersi May 27, 2021

Alex Michaelides’ debut novel “The Silent Patient” is a captivating tale of painter Alicia Benson who murdered her husband six years ago and hasn’t spoken a word since. To her dismay, Benson is...

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Olivia Rodrigo’s new album ‘Sour’ won’t leave a bad aftertaste

Anna Benishek May 26, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo's release of “drivers license” was a pop culture reset, leaving her song at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Rodrigo didn’t stop there and released two more songs,...

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‘KHALED KHALED’ better than expected

Sam Listiak May 25, 2021

Rapper DJ Khaled released the album “KHALED KHALED,” his first album in two years, April 30. This is the 12th album released by the already-established musician. I do not listen to DJ Khaled, however,...

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‘Them’ frightens and confuses viewers

Laniyah Thornton May 21, 2021

Amazon Prime released the first season of its new original show “Them” April 9, and within that same week, I finished every episode and it left me feeling somewhat conflicted.  “Them” is a...

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